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Man arrested in Corning early Wed. morning

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March 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Adams County arrested a man early this (Wednesday) morning, for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. James Castillo was taken into custody at around 2:25-a.m. in Corning, after deputies were called to the area of Main and 11th Streets for a man who was standing in the street and shouting.

Iowa business leaders urge backing of medical marijuana bill

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Influential Iowa business leaders are urging state legislators to pass a bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana laws. The Des Moines Register reports that more than 90 business leaders sent lawmakers a letter, asking them to debate and pass comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.

The legislation would grant the state authority to establish two growing facilities and distribute medical cannabis oil to people who suffer from cancer, intractable epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The signers span several industries, including banking, insurance, publishing and real estate.

It’s been legal for Iowa residents with epilepsy to use cannabis oil since 2014, but proponents argue that the change was useless in practice because of a separate state law that makes it illegal to manufacture or distribute

Audit shows Iowa’s 911 system needs reporting improvements

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit says the management of millions of dollars collected annually to run the state’s enhanced 911 system needs dramatic improvement after auditors found many counties either underreported or over reported costs by thousands of dollars.

Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman doesn’t conclude money was misspent but she says the audit reveals weaknesses in the tracking of more than $120 million spent each year to run 114 emergency dispatch centers in 99 counties.

John Benson, a spokesman for the Iowa’s emergency management agency says the audit mandated by the Legislature will help counties improve reporting. About one-fourth of 911 costs are funded by a $1 surcharge on telephones and cell phones. The rest comes from counties, cities and other sources.

S.W. IA man killed in a collision w/a semi in Nebraska

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Nebraska have identified the victim of a fiery car-versus-semi crash that happened at around 3-a.m. Feb. 24th, as a man from southwest Iowa. According to WOWT-TV in Omaha, 61-year old Richard Wilcoxsen, of Bedford died in the crash that happened on Highway 75 in Bellevue, NE.

The Sarpy County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office said Wilcoxen was driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee the wrong way on Highway 75 , southbound in the northbound lanes, when the SUV hit a semi-truck and trailer head-on. The SUV burst into flames shortly after  impact. The driver of the semi, Milos Forcan, was taken to Bellevue Medical Center but refused medical treatment.

An investigation into the crash continues. Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

Requiring carbon monoxide detectors in rental units

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would require carbon monoxide detectors in apartments and rental homes as well as any new structure that’s built in Iowa. Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says stand-alone detectors cost between 20 and 50 dollars, plus many smoke detectors now contain a carbon monoxide sensor as well.

“We have an opportunity to save a handful of lives in Iowa with a technology that now is readily available and for pennies on the dollar,” Danielson says. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. Danielson — who is a professional fire fighter — says it’s toxic because carbon monoxide inhibits the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. “We have documented cases in the fire service of people in their homes who wake up in the middle of the night, know there is a fire, smoke is around them and can’t move because carbon monoxide paralyzes you,” Danielson says.

Officials say about 300 Iowans wind up in an emergency room each year to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. “Of that, roughly 30-40 are hospitalized for the more serious cases,” Danielson says. “And then about 20 Iowans a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning and yet we have no requirement at all in Iowa for a carbon monoxide detector to be installed in your home.”

If the bill becomes law, private home owners would be asked to voluntarily install a carbon monoxide detector when they apply for the homestead tax credit. The bill passed the Senate on a 37 to 11 vote late Monday afternoon. It now goes to the House, where a similar bill has been under consideration.

(Radio Iowa)

Public Hearing Wed. in Greenfield over proposed FY 2017 Budget

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will take place Wednesday morning in Greenfield, with regard to the Fiscal Year 2017 Adair County Budget. The meeting takes place in the Adair County Courthouse Boardroom, beginning at 9-a.m., as part of the regular, Board of Supervisors’ meeting. The Board discussed the final changes and fund balances during their meeting Feb. 10th. Following the public hearing, the Supervisors will act on approving the Budget as presented.

In other business, the Adair County Supervisors will receive and review the FY 2015 County Audit. At 10-a.m., County Engineer Nick Kauffman will receive the Board’s approval for the signing of contracts with Gus Construction for Rural County Bridge culvert and other bridge projects, as well as approval of an agreement between the Iowa DOT and Adair County for the “County Highway Bridge Program,” and he’ll discuss Level B road classification.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/1/2016

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Locomotive slices open semitrailer in Sioux City

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a locomotive sliced open a semitrailer near the entrance of Kent Foods in Sioux City. The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Monday after the truck turned into a parking lot. Police say the truck driver couldn’t see the train. No injuries have been reported.

Workers had to clean up the trailer’s load of cattle feed supplement, which spilled out when the locomotive hit the trailer.

Board decision may force closure of tubing course

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) – The owner of a tubing course and campground in northwest Iowa says a Plymouth County decision means his business won’t open as scheduled in May. The Sioux City Journal reports that the county’s Board of Adjustment voted Monday to deny a conditional use permit for Pipe Dream Camping and Tubing. Board chairwoman Nancy Anderson says there have been public complaints and safety issues at the facility, which sits two miles north of Hinton along the Floyd River.

Pipe Dream owner Brandon Bradshaw says there’s never been a safety-related incident at his facility. His five-year permit expires in May. He says Pipe Dream won’t open this year. Anderson says the board asked Bradshaw for a plan to address safety issues and says he can appeal the board’s decision in court.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 3/1/2016

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March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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